ormer U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer was one of many citizens pepper-sprayed by police Tuesday while engaging in a protest against the Republicans’ union busting bill at Michigan’s Capitol. A mounted police also used his horse as crowd control, running over a citizen.
The Battlecreek Enquirer reported that Schauer had been in the process of trying to negotiate with police regarding moving the crowd when they were pepper-sprayed:
He said he tried to negotiate a line away from the Capitol that police would accept when he and “a number” of people were sprayed.
“I immediately began to retreat and began to cover my eyes and my mouth,” Schauer said. “It was not good.”